Clément Roques

Exploring the epic journey of water has inspired my research for more than 10 years now. I am a groundwater hydrologist with strong interests in studying physical and bio-geochemical processes associated to this journey, considering the complex interactions between water, landscapes and human activities. 


Since April 2020, I am leading the Groundwater Sustainability chair at the University of Rennes where I seek to develop 2 main research directions:  1. studying the impact of landscape heterogeneity on flow and transport processes with the aim to evaluate the sensitivity of water resources to climate and direct anthropogenic forcings; and, 2. developing innovative in-situ experiments and monitoring technologies to better describe and predict the processes involved in fractured reservoirs during operations for groundwater abstraction, contaminant remediation, geothermal energy development, and CO2 storage. I am also deeply engaged in teaching courses related to groundwater hydrology, geophysics, hydrosphere and field excursions. 

The success of my research stands on the rich collaborations, people and communities I met along my early career. Thanks all! 

Current students and collaborations


Virginie Maret

PhD Student, Univ. Rennes 1

Groundwater management strategies under changing climate


Ronan Abherve

PhD Student, Univ. Rennes 1

Impact of climate change on groundwater resources at the watershed scale 


Nicolas Cornette

PhD Student, Univ. Rennes 1

Impact of climate change on groundwater resources at regional scale


Nicolas Oeistreicher 

PhD Student, ETH Zürich

Groundwater recharge induced deformation in the valley-slopes of the Aletsch glacier. 


Elisabeth Jachens

PhD Student, Oregon State University

Using Recession Analysis to Characterize Watershed Responses to Drought - Graduated on March 2020


Marc Hugentobler

PhD Student, ETH Zürich

Subsurface rock slope deformation in a paraglacial environment (Aletsch Valley)